Welcome to the Fit Business Traveler
For the past 30+ years, I have been an active person, movement and activity are part of who I am.
After completing High School, I worked for a couple of years at a traditional, blue collar manufacturing job in New England. During my first two years out of school, I did very little physical exercise, well, none to exact. Needless to say, I
gained a pretty substantial amount of weight. The last I recall weighing myself, I was about 218lbs at a height of 5’9”, with NO exercise or training.
So this was not a solid 218lbs… I was fat!
One summer evening, I lost control of my motorcycle, crashing into an apple tree. I nearly died, in fact, I would have had a good friend not forced me to wear my helmet. I slipped into a coma and remained there for approximately 13 days.
After waking up from the coma, I obviously had to stay in the Hospital for about another month for observation, etc. If any of
you have ever been in the hospital, you know the food isn’t the greatest. Additionally, being in a comatose state, I had been fed intravenously, and there aren’t a lot of calories in intravenous feeding, just the necessary nutrients for life.
As a result, I lost a substantial amount of weight. I came out of the hospital at 176lbs. That’s a 42lb loss of body weight. Not the best way to lose the weight, and not a method I would recommend, but it worked…
When I was released from the hospital and allowed to go back home I took a look at myself in mirror and I made a decision then and there. I vowed I would never get fat again.
I committed to fitness as an important aspect of my life.
Since then, movement and exercise have become part of who I am. Rarely a day goes by where I don’t do something physical. I say this because my professional life is extremely busy. As a PreSales/Sales leader for a large Software company, my career involves a substantial amount of travel and it can be very unpredictable as I am at the mercy of my clients schedules.
Currently, I lead a team of about 40 Engineers throughout Europe and the Middle East, traveling extensively with a very sporadic schedule. Prior to moving to Europe, I was leading a team of Engineers on the East Coast of the U.S., traveling at least 3 times a month.
In addition to my crazy work schedule, I am a husband and father, with all the benefits and demands of family life. I am an extremely lucky man in that my amazing wife of 25 years is equally committed to fitness and happily indulges my demands of making exercise/fitness a priority in what we do with our spare time. Even so, there are days when I wake up, knowing that I’ll only have maybe 20 minutes to get in any form of exercise.
As a professional who travels substantially for both work and pleasure, I see and know firsthand how travel can disrupt one’s fitness programs. Humans are creatures of habit, we like consistency and routine has a place in our minds that makes us feel sane.
Travel, business travel specifically, throws us out of our routine. For the sake of this blog, the routine I am talking about it our fitness routine. Perhaps we are accustomed to attending our gym 2 or 3 days a week before or after work. Perhaps it’s attending a specific Spin or Aerobic class during the week. Yet now, we’re on this business trip, and that’s not an option and we can’t or don’t exercise.
Frequently while on business trips, I am asked by colleagues “how do you find time to maintain your fitness?” I then go into a long answer that basically explains that I make the time! It’s a priority for me.
As I have thought often about this over the years, I have come to realize that it’s not really that hard. I make a few adjustments to my schedule, a few minor sacrifices, a little pre-trip planning and I’m much happier for it.
My goal is to help as many business travelers as possible to see that training while traveling is possible and fun!
Traveling as much as I do, I see many people throughout the world. It genuinely saddens me to see people that are so out of shape that walking is hard for them.
A recent study that I read said that “Today, 2.1 billion people – nearly 30% of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight” That is nearly 1/3 of the world population!
I have come to realize that I have a moral obligation to the world to do what I am able to and help others avoid the risks and health issues that come with being overweight and/or obese.
My goal here is to provide pragmatic ideas that everyone traveling can use to either maintain, or start getting fit, while they are ‘on the road’.
Some of the ideas, advice, tips and tricks I write about will be very obvious and easy. Others will be a little more ‘hard-core’ and kind of out there. 🙂
I will write about and tell you some of the actual ideas that I implement, equipment I use. I may even write about some of the odd things that I have done over the years on trips, just to get in a good workout.
Another goal for this site is for it to become a community of sorts. I would love for it to become interactive and have followers share their thoughts, ideas, tips and tricks for staying fit on business.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,